A ‘third way’ to help Londoners into work

17 June 2015

This meeting took place on 18 June 2015. Read the transcript for the first section here and the second section here

The unemployment rate for young Londoners is still the highest in the U.K. It is even higher for young people from a Black and Minority Ethnic background. A diverse range of organisations supporting Londoners to move into work, including third sector organisations[1], is likely to help meet Londoners’ diverse needs.

How do charities and social enterprises meet the specific needs of long-term unemployed Londoners?

How has payment-by-results affected London’s employment programmes?

How have mandatory work placement schemes functioned?

Would the devolution of employment programmes to London government help to target them better?

The London Assembly Economy Committee will tomorrow discuss the specific barriers, which hinder the third sector’s role in providing employment and skills programmes. How can the Mayor ensure a diverse range of organisations can apply to deliver these programmes? From 10:00am the following guests will be questioned:

James Butler, Public Affairs Manager, Social Enterprise UK

Nehal Depani, Policy & Project Manager (Employment and Skills), London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC)

Duncan Melville, Chief Economist, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion

And from 11:00am (approximately):

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association (ERSA)

Roy O’Shaughnessy, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Trust

Dr Ian Thurlby–Campbell, Business Development Manager, Ingeus

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 18 June from 10:00am in Committee Room 5 at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1). Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast. Notes for Editors:

Third sector organisations are typically designed for public benefit and they include charities, voluntary or community groups, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, civil society organisations and others.

Fiona Twycross AM, Chair of the Economy Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.

London Assembly Economy Committee.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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